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April 20, 2017

April 20, 2017

"Forgive Because You Are Forgiven"

“Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” Galatians 3: 13 NLT

The Bible says there are three reasons to let go of your past and people who have hurt you.  The reasons have nothing to do with whether that person deserves it or not.  

1.  You forgive those who have hurt you because God has forgiven you.  

In accepting the forgiveness of God, we come under His command to forgive others.  The reason Jesus came down from heaven was to forgive us.  He has paid for everyone’s sins, even those who have hurt you.  The good news is He’s forgiven you also.  

2.  You forgive those who have hurt you because resentment controls you.  

When you don’t forgive, resentment builds up in you.  That makes you miserable and keeps you stuck in the past.  You become in bondage to it and that can last a long time, perhaps even years and years.  That doesn’t make any sense.  When you hold onto resentment you’re allowing people to hurt you again and again.  

3.  You forgive those who have hurt you because you’re going to need forgiveness in the future.  

God reminds us that forgiveness is a two-way street.  He forgives us as we forgive others.  We’re all going to sin again so therefore if you are unwilling to forgive, you will not receive forgiveness.  

Someone once told John Wesley, “I could never forgive that person!”  Wesley replied, “Then I hope you never sin.”  You don’t want to burn the bridge that you might need.  Forgive others as God has forgiven you.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don